Openwork continues expansion with new hire

Openwork continues expansion with new hire

Adviser network Openwork has hired a chief people officer as it looks to recruit an additional 250 advisers over the next three years.

The network appointed Carrie Morris into the new role, making her responsible for all staff-related activity.

She joins Openwork from Axa where she held the role of European HR director for the IT division.

Openwork is in the process of expanding its business and aims to increase the number of wealth advisers in its restricted business from 750 to in excess of 1000 by the end of 2021.

It recently appointed Claire Limon as head of recruitment and development, with the task of introducing new advisers to the industry and supporting the network’s training and development programme.

Ms Morris said: "I’m thrilled to be joining Openwork at such an exciting time for the business. I’m passionate about supporting our people and driving high performing teams through improving leadership capability and engagement across the business. I look forward to bringing these skills to Openwork."

Ms Morris’ 30-year HR career started at Zurich Financial Services where she spent 10 years. She has subsequently worked for firms including Auxillus, MixRadio and Apetito.

Mark Duckworth, chief executive officer at Openwork, said: "We are delighted that Carrie has joined our team as chief people officer.

"Her experience in supporting businesses and increasing employee engagement during times of growth will be invaluable to us as we continue to hone Openwork into an organisation that engenders happiness, purpose and pride in its people."

Openwork Limited has more than 3,800 financial advisers operating across the UK. It operates as a directly authorised, multi-panel distribution network.